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Disability Living Allowance: Overseas Residence

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claims for disability living allowance, carers allowance and associated benefits submitted by expatriate UK citizens are under consideration by her Department's exportability team; (280997)

(2) what estimate her Department has made of the cost of meeting in full all outstanding expatriate claims for disability living allowance, carers allowance and associated benefits;

(3) what steps her Department plans to take to comply with the ruling of the European Court of Justice on the payment of exportable benefits.

The Department is already complying with the European Court of Justice ruling on the payment of exportable disability benefits.

Approximately 2,100 people who are living in the European Economic Area or Switzerland have contacted the Department in relation to making a new claim or to request reinstatement of an award of disability living allowance, attendance allowance or carer's allowance that had been previously disallowed because they had moved abroad. The Exportability Teams have made decisions on around 1,100 of these cases and are continuing to process the remaining requests, of which there are around 1,000.

We estimate the cost of paying all people who are likely to satisfy the eligibility criteria for payment of the UK disability benefits within the European Economic Area and Switzerland to be in the region of £50 million per year by 2010-11.